Many New York Jets supporters are feeling true optimism for the first time in a long time. We’re all eager for the games to begin after this franchise’s fantastic offseason.
But, in what order will the Jets play their games? When the Jets’ full 2022 season schedule was announced, that question was answered. To say the least, it’s a challenge.
We already knew who the Jets will face, but now that the schedule has been released, we know that the first half of the season will be difficult for this inexperienced team. This club has a chance to play some important games in December if they can keep their heads above water. But that’s a long way off right now.
While there are some difficult games on the schedule, there are also some winnable matchups, so Jets supporters should be confidently watching each game. In the coming weeks, we’ll go through all of the Jets games in greater depth, but for now, we’ll focus on the five games on the schedule that Jets supporters are most looking forward to.
1. Week 1: NY Jets vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Jets will face one of their hardest challenges of the season right away when Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens visit MetLife Stadium for the season opener. The Jets have a team capable of handling the Ravens, so this one isn’t as scary as prior years, but it doesn’t mean they’ll be favoured.
Jackson and the Ravens have been electrifying over the last three years, while New York has languished. This is the type of statement game in which the Jets can turn things around.
In the end, this one might set the tone for the entire season. While Jets fans may be sceptical of a win, if this young squad can keep up with the Ravens, we could be in for a very entertaining season.
2. Week 5: NY Jets vs. Miami Dolphins
The Jets have had a difficult start to the season, and while the Miami Dolphins will be formidable opponents, this is the type of game this club needs to win to demonstrate that there has been a culture shift within the organisation.
Add in the rivalry between the division’s young quarterbacks, as well as the Tyreek Hill trade issue, and this game might be one of the greatest in Week 5.
With so much talent on these two rosters, this one has the potential to be fantastic. But, given the Jets’ recent signings, this might be the game that decides their season. There’s a good chance the Jets will start this game from 0-4.
3. Week 8: NY Jets vs. New England Patriots
This may be trite, but given Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots’ supremacy against the Jets and rookie quarterbacks in general over the previous 20 years, it will always be one that opposing teams — particularly this division opponent — will look to exploit.
Last year, Zach Wilson struggled against New England, but with a much-improved offensive line and a multitude of new weapons, this squad is in a terrific position to close off the first half of the season with a win against the old adversary.
Given the Jets’ difficult first half of the schedule, a win in this game would be enormous as they head into a potentially winning second half of the season, making it one of, if not the most important games of the year.
4. Week 16: NY Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
While there was no doubt who the Jaguars will select first overall in 2021, the natural competition between Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson will remain as they try to turn around two of the NFL’s most losing organisations in recent years.
Given how difficult the first 10 weeks have been for the Jets, this one could be the determining factor in slipping into a wild card place. There will be numerous narratives in this game.
On paper, the Jets have done a better job surrounding Wilson than the Jaguars have done around Lawrence, but it all comes down to performance on the field. A showdown between QB1 and QB2 from the NFL Draft in 2021 will always be entertaining.
5. Week 17: NY Jets @ Seattle Seahawks
Due to the Jamal Adams deal, the Seahawks and Jets will be linked for years to come, but now that the Jets have spent all of the resources from that pick to acquire Alijah Vera-Tucker and Garrett Wilson, it’s time to lay this story to rest.
The Hawks appear to be rebuilding after dealing away Russell Wilson, and this is the type of game the Jets need to win on the road if they want to advance in the NFL.
The team has a lot of young skill, and given the animosity between Adams and the Jets, this will be a fun game to watch. While we’d all love it to be at MetLife, demonstrating to the Seahawks what they’ve been missing out on will be entertaining anyway.
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